Summer Favourites – Review of Zoeva Sweet Glamour Palette:

Hello everyone! Today is a makeup day review, because we are going to talk about a gorgeous summer palette with lovely pastel shades, the Zoeva Sweet Glamour Palette.

Who is it for?

Everyone who wants a light but colorful makeup for a hot summer day or for a fun, relaxing evening.

What’s good about it?

The range of shades goes from a tender sorbet peach to a soft baby blue with a luscious lemon in between, all of them enchantingly glamorous and perfect to create a dreamy day look.

Despite the light pastel colors the pigmentation is really good and, once applied, these eye shadows wore well throughout a standard workday without fading, flaking and with minimal creasing.

Moreover these eye shadows have a very smooth texture and blend beautifully, even if it takes a bit of work to get the color to show up with a beautiful and intense tone.

These powder eye shadows are also enriched with vitamin E, and are 100% free of parabens, sulfates and fragrance.

So, in this palette you will find 10 eye shadows :

Fuzzy Haze – a cold white with a matte finish;

Phantasy Principle – a rose gold tone with a bright finish; 

Quite Realistic – a peachy cold shade with a matte finish;

Object To Subject – a lilac cold tone with a bright finish;

Daydream – a purple shade with a matte finish;

Childhood Adaption – a cold light blue with a matte finish;

Wish Fulfilment – a cold green shade with a bright finish;

Artistic Creation – a yellow tone with a bright finish;

Profusion – a brown tone with a matte finish; 

Spirits Held Desire – a cold taupe shade with a bright finish.

This palette offers a great mixture of matte and bright finishes, so you can be creative with your eye shadow makeup; it’s perfect for a unique Summer look!

What’s not so good about it?

The only issue with these eye shadows is that the first application doesn’t bring much color in. A single swipe of one of the 10 shades, especially the lighter tones, will results in a light wash of color on the lids. But the texture and the pigmentation are really good, so the colors are all buildable allowing you to apply multiple layers until you’ll reach the shade you wanted from the beginning. Or you can use a damp brush to make the colors show up a little more.

Another ‘not so good’ fact is that you can buy this lovely palette only on Zoeva website.

 Final thoughts!

If you love pastel hues for Summer you really need to try Zoeva Sweet Glamour, it will be a gorgeous addition to your other eyeshadow palettes. You can also create many unique looks mixing these shades with other nude or dark colors. Plus the prize is great, given the quality of the product, the packaging and the 10 different shades.

You can buy it here.

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Christmas Gift Ideas – 2016 Edition Part II:

Hello everyone. Here we go, part II of my Christmas gift guide ! 🙂

We are full swing into the holiday season, so if you have either been too busy to even think about Christmas gifts or you are still on the hunt for THE perfect gift for everyone on your list, today I’m going to give you a little bit of last minute inspiration for your Holidays/Christmas shopping.

The four categories that I am going to show you in this week post are:

– Home Decor Gift Ideas 

– Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

– Style Gift Ideas

-Let’s Nerd Out Gift Ideas

1- Let’s begin with some Home Decor Ideas:

– This is a nice and affordable gift for everyone that loves to invite friends over for dinner or for a little aperitif at home. Also, this is a perfect addition to a great Christmas tablescape decor with a nordic theme.


Here and here are the links to a glass and a pitcher with a stars pattern (You can also find them in every H&M store).

– If you have very trendy and creative friends that have just bought a new house, for example, you can give them this awesome pillow to make their sofa a happy place.


Here is the link (You can also find it in every Maison Du Monde store).

– This tapestry is the perfect gift to buy for someone who loves to travel, and a great wall decor idea to give personality to a sad, white wall in a college dorm room. It’s a beautiful picture of a lovely and peaceful Alpine lake in Italy.


Here is the link.
2- Let’s move onto my favorite part, Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas:

– A cute phone case for your sister or your best friend is always a lovely Christmas gift with a little outlay. This gift is an original design and you will also support an indie artist by buying it.


Here is one of my favorites at the MO.

– These pouches are a cool gift idea for every makeup addicted or every stationery addicted girl. You can use them to keep your pencils and pens or your everyday makeup products and brushes; they will fit perfectly and stylishly in your purse.


Here is the link.
– Last but not least, Christmas without a scented candle shouldn’t exist, right? So here you go, a Christmas Yankee Candle tart infused with a very special holiday flavor.


Here is the one I love the most at the MO.

3 – And then some amazing Style Gift Ideas:

– I love this unique and modern earlobe earrings from Swarovski. They are perfect to give an original touch to every type of look, from classic to modern to young; so basically they are perfect for everyone


 Here is the link.

– Your girlfriend/friend loves unicorns? If the answer is yes then this classic blue cardigan with unicorn elbow patch is the best Christmas gift to put under the tree.


Here is the link.

– I’ve decided to end this part of my post with a cool and trendy piece; an amazing printed bomber. It’s not exactly cheap, but it’s really beautiful and a great present idea. Plus, the design is gorgeous.


Here is the link.

4 – Last little section, Let’s Nerd Out Gift Ideas:

 – For a lot of people, a Winter break is not a good one without Christmas decoration and a marathon of their favorite TV show. So, a T-shirt inspired by his/her favorite tv show is an amazing gift idea for your very nerd/geek friend.

This one is perfect.

– Hardcore fan of Star Wars saga? So, this lovely funko of C3PO is the perfect gift for him/her. Plus, the new Star Wars spin-off movie is in theaters now… right on time! 


You can buy it here.

– Another great present idea is the new Final Fantasy XV game. It’s just came out this month… there is no need for further explanations, right?! Your friend/boyfriend is going to love this gift.


You can find it  here(or in every other store).

Hopefully these little gift guide sparked some ideas for your Christmas shopping and, why not, your personal wish list.

Have an amazing holiday season everyone… see you soon!

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Start Makers Make Up Brushes – Review

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a makeup day review, because I’m going to talk about a great and affordable set of brushes that I bought from Amazon a couple of weeks ago!
1. The Fan Brush:

I’ve been on the hunt for this brush all over the beauty shops that I know and always use since last Summer. Sadly, I’ve been repeatedly out of luck because the one I wanted was always out of stock, so I kept searching until I found out it was inside this Start Makers set. This is a very large brush, shaped as a fan, hence the name. Its super-soft synthetic bristles are perfect to pick up and distribute the right amount of your powder products, such as highlighters along your cheekbones and around your nose or blushers along your cheeks. You can also use this brush to sweep away any product fall out. The bristles are 100% synthetic and super soft on your skin! It’s the perfect brush to pick up and distribute your powder product flawlessly in order to achieve an airbrushed finish. I love this tool and I always use it to apply my favorite blusher, highlighters and sometimes even my face powder.

2. The Oval Foundation/Concealer Brush:

This oval brush, that looks like a giant toothbrush, is the last trendy tool from the South Korean beauty universe. Ergonomically designed, this brush is really easy to use, plus its ultra-soft synthetic bristles can blend your liquid/creamy product smoothly and without wasting too much of it. The best way to utilize this brush is by applying a small amount of cream or liquid primer/foundation/concealer to the back of your hand, then dab repeatedly to fill the brush before using broad strokes to blend the makeup over your face and neck. You can also use the edges of the brush to access small areas, like the skin around your nose etc. At first, I was skeptical regarding the effectiveness of this tool, but now that I have tried it I really love how it can blend beautifully and flawless my foundation/concealer. I adore this brush, and since I’ve started using it I noticed that I can do a better job distributing my liquid foundation with this oval brush instead of with the Beauty Blender sponge. Highly recommended!

3. The Makeup Sponge:

I can honestly say that this looks and feels like the well known Beauty Blender sponge, only it’s cheaper. This remarkably soft sponge allows you to easily and quickly blend your liquid or cream foundation. For the best application, I would recommend at first slightly dampening the sponge, then putting the foundation on the back of your hand. Lastly dip the egg-shaped sponge into the product, and apply it to your face, rapidly “bouncing” it. Since the sponge is really soft, the result will be a uniform and natural-looking coverage. Plus, it’s really easy to clean and re-use; if you will take good care of your sponge, you should probably get a good six months out of it, or maybe even longer (wash it with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser and let it air dry before using it again it’s the best way to clean it. Also, avoid twisting the sponge as the material can easily tear). This is a great, affordable dupe of the Beauty Blender, so if you’re on a budget I would really recommend trying this one.

4. The Silicone Brush Cleaning Egg:

I love this silicone brush cleaning egg because it’s a super-efficient tool that cleans your make-up brushes really fast, thoroughly but yet in a way that is gentle and respects the brushes texture. Also, it makes the unpleasant and boring task of cleaning your make-up brushes much quicker and easier. It has a couple of multi-textured surfaces to simply spot or deep-clean all your brushes; a really good and effective tool. Also, a must have for any die-hard make-up addicted.

Final thoughts:

I would really recommend this kit if you are a makeup obsessed on a budget but want to try some high quality brushes, and also some new trendy tools. Also, they came in a very nice and handy package, making this set a great and affordable Christmas gift for someone who truly is a makeup addicted. So, this set is extremely good and a really beauty bargain. 

P.S: This brand has other makeup brushes kits; they look amazing and I can’t wait to try some of them ASAP.


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Review of Morphe Brushes 35 Colour Plum Eye Shadow Palette (35P):

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it is a makeup day review, because we are going to talk about the Morphe Brushes 35 Colour Plum Eye Shadow Palette (35P)

Who is it for? 

Everyone who wants a good, but not so pricey palette, with a wide selection of neutral and autumnal plum colors to achieve a broad spectrum of makeup effects.

What’s good about it?

This huge palette contains 35 generously sized pans, with a mixture of matte, satin, shimmer and micro-glitter finish shadows. From palest ivory to charcoal, the versatile mix of colors of this palette is so amazing that you can easily create various daytime or nighttime eye shadow looks. But the real stars of this palette are the myriad of beautiful purple tones; brilliant violets sit alongside soft mauves, rich blackberries and warm, autumnal plum colors.

I have already used this palette in various situations such as cold/warm weather with high humidity, and I am really pleased with the results, so far. The eye shadows are designed to be applied dry or even wet to achieve various depths of tones and intensities on the lids.

These eye shadows have a good, slightly buttery texture, and after you have blend them well on your eyelids, they deliver an appreciable color payoff. Also, the shades are as bright on the eyelids as they are in the palette.

The Morphe Brushes 35P Palette is packaged within a black, thin plastic container, really nice and lightweight, but also quite large (it has to be, of course, to contain 35 pans), which does make it not so easy to store if you own multiple palettes; no travel friendly size here, girls! 😉

You can find it here.

What’s not so good about it?

The shades are highly pigmented, but some of them are a little bit on the fallout side, in terms of texture, so you have to work patiently with the brush to blend them on your eyelids for achieving a good level of intensity and durability. But this is a minor setback given the overall quality and the great prize of this huge palette . Also, like I said, I have wear them in many different occasions and if you use a good eye primer underneath, they last all day.

There is also a dark/plum color with so many glitters in it that when you put it on your lids it will fall everywhere; beautiful color, but very difficult to blend properly.

Final thoughts! 

So, if you are looking for a very good, extremely versatile, not so pricey and very trendy palette for this Fall/Winter season then this is definitely one to check out. In fact, the quality and pigmentation of Morphe Brushes 35 Colour Plum Eye Shadow Palette (35P) is simply amazing for the price.

Final Vote:

4 on 5 stars

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Summer Favourites: A great and affordable BB Cream: SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a makeup/skincare day review and we are going to talk about a product that I really loved last Summer: SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20.

Who is it for? 

Everyone who wants a good, non greasy and affordable BB cream for unifying and mattifying oily and acne prone skin.

What’s good about it?

I have been using this BB cream since I have finished my acne treatment, so all these past hot and humid Summer months, and I really loved it. I don’t like to put a full coverage foundation on my skin through the Summer, because here in Italy the heat and humidity can be pretty brutal, so your pricey foundation will melt on your skin in a blink of an eye and you will resemble a dreadful kabuki mask. That said, during Spring and Summer months, I usually replace my foundation with a BB Cream; this year I have tried the new SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20.

Its thick, creamy, but lightweight texture is perfect to slightly conceal your imperfections and evens out your complexion in a natural-looking way. This is also a great oil-absorbing product that helps to keep your nose, chin and forehead shine-free throughout the day (but if you need an extra shine control power, you can always use a good pressed powder like the amazing Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder, my review here).

Another amazing quality of this paraben and fragrance free product is that it contains a broad spectrum sun protection (SPF20), which protects your skin from UV damage and prevents marks caused by the sun.

Moreover, SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20 contains a very effective skin-restoring ingredient: Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3. Niacinamide improves your skin texture and increases the skin’s barrier functions so that the skin can look and feel more healthy; it also can protect your skin against bacterial infections that can cause acne and blemishes.

Of the two colors offered, I can only speak for the Light shade since it’s the one that suits just about fine my complexion; it blends effortlessly into the skin, blurring pores and other imperfections and offering also a temporary shine control perfect for people with oily skin. 

You can find it here.

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing really, this BB cream is an amazing product especially for people with oily or blemishes prone skin, plus it is really affordable! My only complaint is that it only comes in two shades

Final thoughts!  

In the end, there’s a lot to love about SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20 from its texture that feels great and blends effortlessly into the skin, blurring pores and other imperfections, to its ability to temporarily mattifying your oily skin. Bonus point, it is really affordable. So, I really recommend it!

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4on 5 stars

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Summer Favorites: 3 Amazing Face Masks

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today we are going to talk about my 3 favorite Summer masks.
Who are they for?

Everyone who wants to take some relaxing time, once in a while, using a nice mask that can also help you fixing whatever skin issues you had.

What’s good about them?

They are all brilliant, very effective products, perfect for a quick fix or an extra boost. Plus, they are designed to change your skin for the better.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpking Enzyme Mask:

This is a powerful and highly effective exfoliating mask. Its skin-perfecting formula works pretty much on every concern, from congested to dullness and uneven skin tone.

The microbeads of this gentle scrub/mask help to cleanse all the dead cells on the surface of your skin, refreshing and smoothing it. Also, the pumpkin enzymes, with a little help from the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) are amazing to revitalize and resurface a fresh and good-looking skin, ready for the next morning makeup day.

• How to use it: I use it as a last step during my skincare evening routine. I apply a light layer on my clean skin, then I gently massage in a circular motion with wet fingertips for a couple of seconds. I leave it for 5-10 minutes max., before washing it off with a warm and wet cloth.

It is a pricey product, but a little goes a long way and it really is a wonderful mask, so absolutely worth your money. Bonus Point: Its heavenly scent! This mask, in fact, has a Pumpkin Pie/Christmas Cinnamon Cookies smell, that is soooo nice I can’t explain it with words, you have to sniff it directly from the pot! 

If you are unsure of what type of mask works best for your skin, or simple you want to try a good treatment that can possibly help to fix whatever skin issues you had, Peter Thomas Roth Pumpking Enzyme Mask is definitely an amazing product to try.

When you first apply this mask you may experience a slight tingling on your skin, but don’t worry, the uncomfortable feeling goes away once you washed the product off. About that, if you have sensitive skin be careful and try a sample before buying it. 

-You can buy it here: UK US IT

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Lush Cosmetics Mask of Magnaminty:

This is an all-natural powerful mask that can take care of impurities and/or oily skin. I really love the freshness feeling that this product can give instantly to your skin; amazing after an hot and humid summer day!

When I opened the little pot of Magnaminty mask (what a tongue twister of a name, at least for me!) the smell hit me hard… but in a good way! Its strong, but natural, smell of mint is really nice, not annoying at all.

The texture of this product is very thick, but creamy and it works well to absorb the excess sebum without drying up your face.

•How to use it: I use it as a last step during my skincare evening routine. I apply a thick layer on my clean skin, leaving it for 5-10 minutes max., before washing it off with a warm and wet cloth. Bonus point: The amazing fresh sensation. You know that “wow” feeling when you have finished a mint candy, and swallow some cold water, getting that ‘icying’ sensation? That’s exactly how I would describe the feeling of this mask when applied to the skin! So, Mask of Magnaminty is a brilliant way to energize not only your skin, but your mind and senses too. Also, it is a great product to try if you are on a budget, but need a good deep purifying mask.

This mask is made with 100% natural ingredients; Evening Primrose Seed and Aduki Beans to exfoliate your skin, Honey to soothe, and the African Marigold oil to calm the redness of your face. Plus, the peppermint oil will give you that incredible fresh feeling I was talking before. Also, you have to remember that all Lush handmade and natural products have an expiration date, so you must use them within a few months of purchasing the product. I really love this stuff, it feels so good to apply it and it’s great for a fresh and proper skin detox!

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-You can buy it here: UK IT US 

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask:

This creamy, luxurious mask works very well to deep hydrating dry and very dry skin. I have used this especially last winter, when my skin was very dry because I was under antibiotics to cure my acne prone skin. Now, I apply it once in a while as a quick boost to replenish my dull and dehydrated skin.

Its formula contains a good mix of emollients and antioxidants, that are capable of making every skin type look and feel better. Also, it helps your skin to stay hydrated all night long, allowing you to wake up to an healthy glow that lasts all day.

•How to use it: You can leave it on overnight, like a moisturizer (so without rising it), or you can use it like a proper mask and wash it off after a little amount of time (15-30 min. tops). I prefer to use this as a last step during my skincare evening routine; I apply a light layer, wait 15 minutes max. and then rinse it off with a warm and wet cloth. Bonus point: You can also use it around the eye area, before going to bed, so you won’t need a separate eye cream.

So, Moisture Surge Overnight Mask leaves a moist, fresh but slightly sticky finish that does make your skin look and feel dewy and nourished, perfect even this Summer to treat your sunburned and/or windburned skin.

It is 100% fragrance free, like most of Clinique skincare stuff, and it is true amazing product for all skin types, plus, it’s allergy tested.

I can honestly say that it’s a pricey product, but a little goes a long way and it’s a really wonderful mask, so absolutely worth your money.

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-You can buy it here: US IT UK

What’s not so good about them? 

Nothing really! They are all wonderful masks to try this Summer.

Final thoughts! 

Especially during Spring/Summer months, I love a proper pamper session finishing my skincare routine with a good face mask, at least once a week. It’s really great for your skin, and even a good way to improve and brighten up your mood. These three masks are all that I have been using recently, and each work well to fix different skin issues. I really adore them.

Have you already tried one of these masks before? Is your skincare routine time a good moment to relax?

If you want, let me know in the comments below.:)

Have a great summer!

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Summer Favourites: 3 Great Lipsticks/Lipbalms/Gloss

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today we are going to talk about amazing Lipsticks/Lipbalms/Gloss that are perfects for the summertime.
 

Who are they for?

Everyone who wants a vibrant but lightweight lip product for an easy, everyday (and every night) summer look.

What’s good about them?

They are all bright, joyful, lightweight and fun-colored lipsticks perfects to wear for a walk along the beach, a relaxing aperitif with your BFF, or even for your next (wild) night out.

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar:

The packaging is really cute and fun; the little bunny emoticon on the cap changes depending on the color.

The texture is smooth, balmy and falls right between a lipstick and a lip gloss.

Also, the formula is slightly hydrating and applies easily. The tint is light but really nice, perfect for everyday use. The smell is sweet but not annoying, and they are also great as an affordable, little gift especially for young girls.

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar are my favourite go to product, I always have one in my purse when I have to go out for some fast errands during this hot/humid summer days.


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-You can buy it here: US UK IT  

 

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer:

They come in a classy packaging with the logo on the side of the lid.

The variety of shades is excellent, and the colors are intense. Also, this fragrance-free lipstick has a creamy texture that glides across your lips with ease and deposits full color coverage in a couple of coats.

Its lightweight formula feels really comfortable to wear, thanks to its beneficial and lightly moisturizing ingredients, such as castor oil, olive and apricot kernel oils, and shea butter.

So, if you want a comfortable, nourishing, lightweight but intense everyday lipstick to wear this summer, this definitely is a great product to try!

Clinique says that this lipstick has a “modern-velvet finish” (whatever that means), but actually it has a beautiful soft-shine finish that (after about four hours) fades in a light demi-matte finish; no problem here because it is really easy to reapply. To test the Pop Lip Colour + Primer I choose to buy a box with three travel sizes. 

In it you will find:

07 Passion Pop – a rich, classic red, without orange undertones;

11 Wow Pop – a bright pink/almost fuchsia;

09 Sweet Pop – a light pink/almost nude.

I really love them, my favourite everyday and everynight lipsticks to wear through this summer.




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-You can buy it here: US IT UK 
OCC Lip Tar-Matte test tubes:

These are one of the best highly pigmented and long wearing lipsticks that I have ever tried! Also, one of my absolute favourite lip product.

To test the OCC Lip Tar-Matte I choose to buy a set with three mini tubes. 

In this particular one there are:

Narcissus – a lovely lavander pink

Rollergirl – a vibrant purple

Primer

Plus this set contains a mini brush for an easy and precise application.

I think this lipstick has one of the driest texture on the market, so you will have to use a good lip balm underneath to keep your lips moisturized, or the primer that comes along with this set. Speaking of the primer, it has a light and liquid/gel texture. It actually is simply a trasparent gloss that prepares and nourishes the lips prior to applying your favourite Lip Tar.

OCC Lip Tar-Matte are amazing for a long event like a wedding or a party, when you want your lip color to last without fading miserably in just a couple of hours, or looking cakey after drinking or eating.

This liquid/gel lipstick also applies very smoothly, especially if you use a lip brush.

Moreover, with such a beautiful and wide range of shades available your summer beauty look options are endless.

A little bit goes a long way, because you really need a tiny drop to obtain a good full coverage of your lips .

-Bonus point

The formula does not contain parabens, petroleum or silicone and is 100% vegan and cruelty-free.


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You can buy them here: US 

What’s not so good about them?

Nothing really! They are all great lip products to rock your beauty summer look.

Final thoughts! 

In the summer I prefer a fresh, easy and colorful look, so I will use them for my night out, my daily morning errands and every time I want some bright color on my lips! 

What’s your favourite beauty look for a hot summer day/night?

If you want, let me know in the comments below.:)

Have a great Summer!;)

Final Vote:

5on 5 stars for all of them! 

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Review of La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today is a skincare review day, because we are going to talk about an amazing sunscreen product – La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+! 🙂

Who is it for?

Everyone who wants an effective but lightweight SPF 50+ broad-spectrum sun protection for the face during the next sunny summer days. Also, if you have oily and/or acne prone skin this is the perfect product you have been looking for ages.

What’s good about it?

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that, 2 months ago, I have started a treatment for my acne prone skin; a prescribed treatment that includes an antibiotic and strong creams that make my skin more sensitive to the sun than normal. So, every day before going outside, I have to apply a high sun protection.  

This product is great mostly because it has an almost invisible, lightweight texture but manages to give a brilliant sun protection. Moreover, the finish doesn’t leave the skin feeling slick or looking shiny, a particularly convenient feature for those who have oily skin or plan to apply foundation and/or other makeup with it.

About that, if you are going to use this product with makeup I would recommend to blend a pump or two of your foundation/BB Cream etc., with a pump of the LRP Anthelios XL on the palm of your hand; then apply the new silky mixture you have created on your face. So then you will have a tinted formula great for evening out your complexion, and also to protect skin from sunburn and cell damage from UV rays.

Every morning I used this as a last step in my skincare routine, with or without my favorite foundation or BB cream, at least 20 minutes before leaving the house (I also apply a spritz of Serozinc – my review  here– the ideal mist for topping up and fixing my makeup).

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+ is a non-comedogenic product, and is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin because is made without fragrance and parabens.

You can find it here: UK IT US

Some extra tips about SPF and sunscreen products:

– UV (Ultraviolet) radiations are responsible for our suntan, but familiar effects of over-exposure are also sunburn along with higher risk of skin cancer. So, ALWAYS protect yourself from UV light.

– Sunscreen products should be repurchased new every year, since they degrade, and because of that they can’t be effective anymore.

Apply your SPF 15-20 minutes before you go in the sun. Moreover, sunscreen products are not waterproof, so, if you are going into the water or perspire heavily, you need to reapply them every 90 minutes at least.

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing really, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+ is, in my opinion, one of the best sunscreen products on the market right now!

Final thoughts! 

I really love this product mostly because its creamy lightweight consistency dries down almost instantly for a mattifying effect with or without makeup. Moreover, its absorbent ingredients help hold back oily shine and endure hot/humid conditions. It’s also really affordable.

Ingredients:

Aqua / Water Diisopropyl Sebacate Alcohol Denat. Glycerin Dimethicone Isohexadecane Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane Octocrylene Silica Drometrizole Trisiloxane Isononyl Isononanoate Zea Mays Starch / Corn Starch C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer Ethylhexyl Triazone PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine Isododecane Phenoxyethanol Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid Silica Silylate Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone PEG-8 Laurate Caprylyl Glycol Triethanolamine Disteardimonium Hectorite Tocopherol Disodium EDTA Dodecene Propylene Carbonate Poloxamer 407 Zinc Gluconate Perlite (Code F.I.L.: C162700/2) 

Final Vote:

5on 5 stars 

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Review of the Huile Suprême by Phyto Paris:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a hair care day review, because we are going to talk about the Phyto Huile Suprême Soin Riche Disciplinant (or Phyto Rich Smoothing Oil)! 🙂

Who is it for?

Everyone who has dry, thick, and/or frizzy hair and wants a lightweight oil to tame it and keep the ends hydrated.

What’s good about it?

This is a wonderful oil for all the girls that, like me, love to bleach or dye or change the color of their locks very often.

As we all know, our hair always suffers because of chemical treatments, colouring, hair dryers, straighteners and even sunshine. The ends especially will dry out, split and suffer greatly from being the oldest hair on our head.

The Phyto Huile Suprême is perfect because the lightweight formula absorbs instantly into your locks, leaving your hair looking perfectly nourished, but not greasy at all. It also helps to calm down frizzy locks, restore healthy radiance to dry hair and repair split ends.

You can use this multipurpose oil on your locks, an hour before you wash your hair, as a pre-shampoo treatment; put one or two pumps on your hand, and apply the product only to the areas of your hair that need it, usually mid-shafts and ends (avoid the scalp). Then, after blow drying your hair, you will notice immediately that your locks are softer, shinier and healthier than before (and they stay that way even the day after).

If you prefer, you can also distribute a few drops of product through your entire length, dry or even wet, before blow drying, straightening or curling it; in fact, this oil has great heat protecting properties, and helps to style your hair, too.

You can also use it as a night treatment; apply no more than two pumps before going to bed, leave it overnight, then wash your hair in the morning for a good beautifying treatment.

The effect of this product is supposed to be accumulative so I would recommend to use it at least once or twice a week, for a long term result.

I really love this oil because it leaves my hair smooth, shiny, and soft, plus my friends always compliments my healthy locks, even if I often put them through strong chemical treatments! 😉 

Moreover, the formula of Phyto Huile Suprême is Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and Silicone free, and 99% botanical.

What’s not so good about it?

One of the key to get good results with this oil is not using too much of it. So, be careful, because if you use too much product you hair will become greasy, heavy and unpleasant to see and style due to the flatness. Usually, two pumps are enough, one if you have short hair.

Also, it can be pricey, depends in which country you will buy it, but anyway it is an amazing product, absolutely worth your money and a little goes a long way.

•You can find it here: US UK IT

Final thoughts! 

Phyto Huile Suprême is a deep, but lightweight hydrating oil that will leave your hair healthy, soft, shiny and much more easy to style. It’s a real hair saviour!

Final Vote:


5on 5 stars

Ingredients:

Coco-Caprylate (Dérivé d’Huile de Coco)Zea Mays (Corn) Germ Oil (Mais), Isopropyl Myristate (Dérivé d’Huile de Coco), Alcohol Denat (Alcohol de Betterave), Squalane (Dérivé d’Huile d’Olive), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids (Bixa) Orellana Seed Extract (Huile de Roucou), Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract (Millepertuis), Salix Alba (Willow) Leaf Extract (Saule), Althaea Officinalis Root Extract (Guimauve), Articum Lappa Root Extract (Bardane), Rosmarinus), Salva Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract , Calendula Officinalis Extract (Calendula), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limonene.Botanical origin.

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Review of Neve Cosmetics Pastello Pencils and Manga Brow Eyebrow Pencil:

 Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it is a makeup day review, so we are going to talk about the Pastello Pencils and the Manga Brow Pencil from Neve Makeup Cosmetics. 🙂  

Who is it for? 

Everyone who wants creamy, matte, long lasting and very pigmented lips/eyes/brows pencils that also have an outstanding quality, are really affordable and suitable for vegans. 

What’s good about it? 

I have used Neve Cosmetics Pastello Pencils for almost 2 years now and I love them; they are really amazing!

Their formula is natural and silicones, petrolatum and parabens free. They are also cruelty-free and suitable for vegans.

I have the Pastello Eyeliner Liquirizia/Black, which is a classic deep black pencil with a matte finish. This pencil is perfect to use as a classic eye pencil, eyeliner or as a base to create a great smokey eyes makeup. It has a slightly creamy texture that blends on smoothly on your eyelids with a matte color finish that lasts throughout the day/night without bleeding!

I also have the Pastello Lipcolor Pencils in Sfilata/Amaranth, Confetto/Lilac, Pianeta/Purple and Coccinella/Pink. This lip pencils also have a slightly creamy texture that blends on evenly on the lips with a matte finish that sets instantly and won’t budge all day/night long. Moreover, these pencils do a great job keeping lipsticks from bleeding outside the lip lines, and when applied as a base coat to the lips, they also help your lipstick last longer, even through lunch, brunch, dinner, aperitif, night drink, afternoon tea etc. etc. 😉

They are also amazing used on their own as a lip color, but if you like to wear them as a lip color I would recommend applying a good lip balm underneath because they can be quite drying. [You can read a post about my favourite lip balms here].

The shade range is great and includes various tones that complement most lipstick colors.

I also love the Neve Cosmetics Pastello Pencils because, thanks to their natural formula, you can use them everywhere on your skin, on your eyes and on your lips… you can truly unleash your makeup creativity! 🙂

For example, I often use the eye pencils on the lips under a coordinated lipstick; they do an amazing job as well and last all day/night! 😉 

Last, but not least, for my brows I use the great Neve Cosmetics Manga Brow Eyebrow Pencil. They are double-ended wooden pencils with two colors, one light and the other darker, and a spoolie brush to draw and tame the eyebrows. I love this Manga Brow Pencil because is perfect to create full eyebrows that look natural, plus is easy to use, affordable and long lasting. First I go for the lighter color to draw the shape of my eyebrow, then I use the darker color to add definition and fill in the empty areas using light strokes. Last I comb my eyebrows with the included brow brush. I have this one in the shade warm blonde and soft brown, but they come in 5 different shades suitable for all eyebrows tones. 

•You can buy them here.

*unfortunately some of the shades I have mentioned in this post are no longer available, so sorry! But you can choose similar colors from the new collection.  

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing, really! The quality of these pencils is amazing, the formula is vegan and they are also low-cost; a really beauty bargain! The only “negative” point about this products is that you will have to sharpen them with a lip pencil sharpener after a couple of applications. That means that some product is wasted each time you sharpen them, but it is really a minor issue thanks to the low and affordable price of these products.

Final thoughts! 

If you are looking for low-cost lips/eyes/brows pencils that have a good quality and long lasting properties look no further, these are perfect. I promise you want be disappointed! Note to myself: buy soon other shades of these amazing pencils! 😉

Final Vote:

5on 5 stars 

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Ingredients:

Black: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Cera Carnauba, Olus Oil, Candelilla Cera, Mica, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, C.I. 77499, C.I. 77891.

Purple: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Mica, Olus Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, C.I. 15850, C.I. 77891, C.I. 42090.

Amaranth: Octyl Dodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, C10 – 18 Triglycerides, Olus Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Mica, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, CI 15850, CI 77891, CI 42090.

Pink: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Olus Oil, Mica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil,Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, CI 77891, CI15850, CI 19140.

Manga Brows: Mica, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, C10-18 Triglycerides, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Olus Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol. May contain (+/-): C.I. 77891, C.I. 77491, C.I. 77492, C.I. 77499.

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